Archive: Equivocation

September 26 – October 19, 2014

Preview September 25

Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare
A Co-production with Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare

The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center   New Free Parking

By Bill Cain
Directed by Jan Powell

Celebrating William Shakespeare's 450th birthday

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Community Partners


"One of those rare gems that comes along every so often, if we’re lucky, to remind us what it is that we love about live theatre and why we want to attend."


"Intriguing, entrancing, brilliant"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Dynamic and supremely intellectual" with a "shining cast and crew"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"...There’s no denying the superior quality of the production"


It is 1606, and Shakespeare has been commanded to write a propaganda play about the Gunpowder Plot, in service to King James. Will he agree to be a pawn in the cynical gamesmanship of the king’s spymaster, or will he equivocate—lie by telling the truth? The playwright, his acting company, and a variety of historical figures clash in this high-stakes political thriller about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise. Read the Press Release (PDF)

“One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade.” Variety

Suggested for ages 16 and up. Adult language, some violence.

Meet the Cast and Crew

Cast and Production Bios

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In the Press

A Collaboration Brings William Shakespeare the Man to the Richmond Stage in Equivocation

The Creative Habit - WRIR 97.3FM